Critical Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 22 bed unit that admits children with conditions that require intensive or close monitoring. This fast paced unit is a mixed medical-surgical, pediatric and adolescent unit which admits approximately 1400 patients per year.   Our patients present with diagnoses of cardiopulmonary, neurological and surgical problems including; respiratory failure, pneumonia, croup, asthma, near drowning, acute renal failure, child abuse, complex and refractory seizure disorders, meningitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, ingestions, diabetes, neurosurgery, trauma, facial reconstructions and scoliosis.  The unit serves as a referral unit for Alabama, eastern Mississippi, western Georgia, south central Tennessee, and the Florida panhandle.  In addition, there is also within COA a 26 bed step-down unit, 24 bed pulmonary/home ventilator  unit, 20 bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and a 48 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Children’s of Alabama (COA) serves as Alabama’s main tertiary care center for children. COA is the third largest children’s hospital medical campus in the U.S.  It is home to the state's only Level I pediatric trauma center, the only pediatric renal care center, the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast and is one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the nation. Its specialty centers for the treatment of cancer, diabetes, sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, lung disease, kidney disease serve as the backdrop for learning and discovery for health care professionals dedicated to the care of children. The newly built Center for Pediatric Research and Innovation houses research space and a state-of-the-art education center. COA is headquarters for the Regional Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222), the Southeast Child Safety Institute and a site-based school for long term patients that is accredited by the State Department of Education.